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Destroying Nature is Destroying Life

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A gorgeous and powerful campaign for environmental group Robin Wood features brilliantly rendered scenes of habitat destruction, superimposed in the form of the creatures they’re hurting.  The agency Grabarz & Partner created the posters using painstakingly rendered 3D forms, and adding in details like oil rigs, fires, and industrial machinery. Their tagline: Destroying nature is destroying life. The result is a painfully effective look at what happens to the natural world when humans act with indifference and greed toward nature. Beautiful and sad work, Via Behance:

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John Edmark’s Math-Based Sculptures

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Science Friday has a great video featuring mathematician and reluctant sculptor John Edmark. His fascination with spirals, and math-based sculptures, has made him somewhat of a legend. Utilizing the Golden Angle and the Golden Ratio, Edmark creates amazing pieces that seem to defy physics with the way they move, open, and spiral infinitely. But the designs are based on math, and nature has been building like this for millions of years. His work is available for purchase through 3D printing company Shapeways.  Definitely worth a watch.

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Iceland From the Air

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In these remarkable and mesmerizing photos by Andre Ermolaev, we see raw nature flowing and ebbing and drifting and snaking its way across the landscape. Iceland is the world’s science experiment, in terms of geological behavior and fluidity. Captured in a beautiful sense of purity, the aerial images paint a scene of movement but also of calm, of everything existing organically, the way it wants to.  The forms and shapes that nature creates are amazing.Via FastCo Design:

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Drones Allowing For Volcano Eruption Close-ups

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Drones are becoming commonplace, and often they’re being used on less-than-scientific applications. However, when used by top-notch universities studying highly dangerous volcanic eruptions, things get very interesting. The University of Cambridge is using unmanned UAVs to study one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala. Equipped with lightweight sensors, the drone is able to fly far closer to the eruption epicenter than humans would be able to go. Consequently, new scientific data is being gathered, and no lives are put in danger. Awesome. Via Sploid:
 

Incredible Underwater Waterfall in Mauritius

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The idea of an underwater waterfall is a bit mind bending, we know. And technically, what you’re seeing is sand and silt drifting down a huge underwater canyon, giving the illusion of water flowing freely under the ocean. The site is so gorgeous, the technicalities won’t be your on your mind. Mauritius is a tiny island nation 1,200 miles of Africa’s southeast coast.

Frederick C Millett  and Trip Advisor have some great photos of this beautiful island nation with it’s turquoise waters and that incredible chasm in the earth, which causes the waterfall illusion.  Time to book some flights… Via Places To See in Your Lifetime:

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Waves in the Sky

Asperitas clouds, where have you been all our lives? We certainly aren’t used to your rolling beauty, giving the illusion of waves in the sky. Take a look at this video shot in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the clouds undulate and roll in, in a true water mimic. Pretty beautiful. For more about clouds, we recommend this handy and well designed book, called The Cloud Collector’s Handbook.

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Interactive and Immersive Dinner Table

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Projection mapping, the art and science of precise projected artwork, is coming into it’s own. Take the newly opened Sagaya restaurant in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo. It’s diners are greeted to a table that reacts to the plates set on it, so each course is a new and beautiful experience. Butterflies flit and fly around a plate of delicate vegetables. Leave your hand still on the tabletop, and a digital bird may land on it, just to take flight when you move it.  Created by art collective Teamlab, the restaurant looks delicious and an experience not to miss. Via DesignBoom:

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Picasso’s Paintings Turned into Stunning 3D Sculpture

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Picasso is one of our very favorites, and we were thrilled to see an artist who has magically brought some of his paintings to life using carefully rendered mimic. The famous painting Monument to the Spaniard has been turned into postmodern brilliance by Omar Aqil. The effect is a contemporization of Picasso’s famous style, something we think Picasso himself would thoroughly enjoy. Via Colossal:

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Two Thirds of the Great Barrier Reef Now Bleached

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Considered one of the true treasures of Planet Earth, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral system on the planet, able to be seen from space. And now, due to human caused climate change, it’s been severely, severely damaged, possibly forever. Coral bleaching, caused by high water temperatures, has been happening on the reef for the last several years. But a severely hot summer there this year has increased the bleaching to reach two thirds of the entire reef system. This means bright, colorful, living coral has now been killed, leaving white skeletons of the coral behind. The chart below show the amount of bleaching from 2016 to 2017. Sadly, the trend is not going in the right direction. Via James Cook University:

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With such a huge area of bleaching, what can be done to stem the tide? Well, cutting emissions is the first critical step. And judging by current politics, that seems uncertain. For reference, a healthy, beautiful section of the Great Barrier Reef looks like the below photo:

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Hand Tinted Images of Ireland from 1890

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Photochrom is a method of imbuing black and white photographs with tinted color, by hand. It’s a time intensive process, yet it gives old photographs a remarkable effect, especially when they’re as old as these postcards from Ireland. Taken in 1890, the images show a simple, pastoral Ireland in a way that black and white photos just can’t. Check out Mashable’s huge archive of these fascinating emulsion images.

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